Preventing Infections in Salons
A successful and responsible salon needs to do all it can to prevent fungal, skin, and nail infections in the course of their business routines. When we think of effective methods for controlling the spread of potentially infectious organisms, we often focus on sanitizing, disinfection and sterilization. The fact is that thorough cleaning procedures can have a huge impact on an effective infection control program. Chemically eliminating infectious organisms is an important goal, but cleaning and rinsing can create a safer environment by removing organisms from items, reducing their population to below infectious levels, or exposing them to the efficacious effects of the biocides you are using. Effective infection prevention requires that each component of the process must be thoroughly cleaned and disinfected prior to each session using the following techniques: Employee hand washing is essential before and after each service. The use of soap and water before appointments is one of the most common techniques for preventing infections during salon treatments. If the water from your tap does not come from a controlled municipal source, it may be a good idea to have it periodically checked for contamination. If soap and water are not available, hand sanitizers like our Ultracare for Hands are an acceptable substitute. Proper use of the hand sanitizer, including the method of rubbing it into the skin, should be observed at all times to ensure that parts of the hand are not left unsanitized. Washing hands or using hand sanitizer in front of customers is optional, but may assist with forming positive impressions by allowing customers to see the methods being used to ensure proper cleanliness.
Cleanliness of equipment and implements is the most important step to preventing nail infections and cross contamination. Tools/implements such as nail clippers, cuticle cutters, files, etc. should be cleaned and disinfected using an EPA Registered Hospital Level Disinfectant that is effective against Hepatitis B or is Tuberculocidal. One of the most effective methods for cleaning implements is the use of an ultrasonic cleaner. While this device is usually capable of working with delicate items, some pieces of equipment may have instructions regarding immersion in water or exposure to specific cleaning solutions. Before placing any implement/tool into the ultrasonic cleaner, refer to the manufacturer and inquire whether or not this is a suitable option, as well as what cleaning solutions are most appropriate for the tools being cleaned. If the workplace will need to switch between multiple solutions, or operate multiple ultrasonic cleaners simultaneously, the solutions currently in each cleaner should be clearly marked and all employees briefed on which tools are associated with which cleaner. This will help ensure that tools are not harmed by the cleaning process. Foot spas should be cleaned and disinfected by also using an EPA Registered Hospital Level Disinfectant after each client. In All Circumstances Any employee who has contact with any tools or equipment in any way should be thoroughly trained on the proper cleaning and care of the tools with which they will interact. Any employee who is not sufficiently trained in the care of the tools should avoid interacting with them unless supervised to reduce the potential for infectious material to be transmitted. Before any clean item is handled by an employee, they should sanitize their hands following the instructions above to ensure that no new infectious material is applied to the tool after its cleaning. All tools should be stored in appropriate containers away from contaminants that can cause a nail infection or cross contamination. Cleaning tools and supplies may have their own maintenance requirements; have all equipment inspected as recommended by the manufacturer or required by law on a regular basis. Ultronics is offering a special on Ultracare Disinfectant Cleaner Concentrate during January 2013. Click the button below to place your order today. From your friends at Ultronics. It’s our business to help your business be more successful. For more information on infection control click here.